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NEXT Harberton Folk Circular - ??day ?? January 2019

Part One below - A full listing for the coming month
Part Two - Some newly notified (and updated) later events
Part Three - Other stuff
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear as always on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
This full circular is now also available as a PDF download from http://www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/ecircs/hfolk181221.pdf
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***** Part Two - Some newly notified (and updated) events (...??) *****

***** Part Three - Other stuff *****

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What's coming at Otterton Mill (nr Budleigh Salterton EX9 7HG (map))
Music indoors in the intimate setting of the upstairs restaurant, or outside under the stars in the courtyard during the summer. All tickets £15 (ticket price covers music only). Pre-booking required. Food served 6pm to 7.30pm, music starts at 8pm. Please call the ticket line 01395 568521 to book. No details yet, but the following are listed on www.ottertonmill.com:
Thursday 21 March - Eddie Martin
Thursday 25 April - Steve Tilston
Thursday 2 May - Amber Cross
Thursday 9 May - Kirsty McGee
Friday 7 June - Jim Causley
Friday 28 June - Veronica Sbergia and Max de Bernardi
Thursday 11 July - Eve Selis
Thursday 25 July - Tipitina
Thursday 1 August - James and Black
Thursday 29 August - Roberts and Lakeman
Friday 4 October - Paul Lamb and Chad Strentz
More to follow...

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15/1/19

Harberton Folk Circular - Tuesday 15 January 2019

Part One below - A full listing for the coming month
Part Two - Some newly notified events
Part Three - Other stuff
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear as always on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

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NEW Friday 18 January 2019 7.30pm - Flash Jack - Calstock Hall, The Quay, Calstock PL18 9QA (map)
An evening of music with sea shanties, Cornish folks songs and anything else that comes into their heads. Come and enjoy a good old sing-a-long to brighten up a January evening! If using train this is timed to finish to catch last train back to Plymouth. Tickets £7 adv available from Calstock Hall Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 - 4, or from Jane Kiely 01822 834964, £8 door. Full details www.calstockhall.org.

NEW Friday 18 January 2019 7.30pm - Folk Plus Acoustic Music Club - Ye Olde Smokey House, Vicarage Rd, Marldon, Paignton TQ3 9NN (map)
Regular 3rd Friday meeting. Entry £2 (audience and performers). Basic p.a. available for those that wish to use it. New and experienced performers made very welcome. Further details www.facebook.com/folkplus2/?fref=ts or from Paul and Chris (Folk Inspired) who run the club, 07894 961010. email p.woodhouse47@sky.com. Let Chris know by 7.30pm if you want to sing/perform.
Tickets available here for Folk Plus in Concert on Saturday 23 February.

Saturday 19 January 2019 - Annual Stoke Gabriel Wassail
A magical evening of ‘Cider, Culture & Cheer’, organised by the ‘Friends of Stoke Gabriel School’ (FOSS), the Annual Wassail has become a very popular event and helps raise funds to enrich the lives of local children in school and community. Apple Wassailing is an ancient tradition performed in many villages on 'Old Twelfth Night' to bless the cider apples and orchards and encourage a good crop in the coming year. The lantern procession and apple blessing Wassail Ceremony take place around 6pm within the village community orchard with wassail songs led by Rosa Rebecka. There will be other events in the village centre from 4pm into the evening, including a Mummers Play, Morris Dancing, storytelling, folk music; local food and drinks and licensed bar.

NEW Saturday 19 January 2019 7.30pm - Candlelit Winter Concert - Holy Trinity Church, Torbryan
Five great singer-songwriter guests - Jimmy Ireland, Matthew North, Rowena Alderton-Parr, Anna Hammill and Georgia Omarah with interval music from dj getbacktothebeat. Entry £5 on the door including a free glass of mulled wine. Proceeds to local charities. The church has no car park but there is ample parking through the village. Tickets £5 on the door.

NEW Saturday 19 January 2019 8pm - The Big Blind - at the Matthews Hall, Fore Street, Topsham, EX3 0HF
Storytelling by Dominic Kelly, with Swedish folk musicians Bridget Marsden and Leif Ottosson. www.artemis-storytelling.co.uk. “…a bewitching fusion of storytelling and music that takes theatre right back to its origins… Bridget Marsden and Leif Ottosson beautifully fuse enchanting Nordic music with Dominic Kelly’s prose… complementing and accenting the narrative seamlessly.”

NEW Sunday 20 January 2019 2-4pm  -Workshop: Celebrating the Fiddle in 2019 - Berry Pomeroy Village Hall , nr Totnes
A workshop of music-making for intermediate to advanced players. A fun participatory workshop for fiddle players, led by Griselda Sanderson, playing traditional music from the UK & Sweden. Cost £10. Part 1 includes listening exercises to get all playing as a group with a focus on techniques used in ensemble playing. We will learn new tunes by ear. Notation can be sent in advance. Part 2 involves arranging the tunes and part-playing. We will work on adding drones and counter-melodies to create beautiful rich harmonies. Finally we will sum up what we have achieved in the session with a ‘performance’ that you can record for your future listening pleasure. Teas/coffees provided. Bring recording devices and music stands if you wish to read notation. For advance tickets: https://Griselda22.eventbee.com/event?eid=164479492. Contact: gris_sanderson@hotmail.com, Phone 07792 319809/ 01803 864286.

Sold out Sunday 20 January 2019 7.45pm - Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 20 January 2019 8pm - Topsham Folk Club: Charity Night - Globe Hotel Malthouse, Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HR (map)
Free admission. “ Live music – CD sale – folk quiz – raffle. Please bring along any unwanted CDs, on the night or preferably in advance.”  www.topshamfolkclub.org.

NEW Wednesday 23 January 2019 8pm - Chris Smither & The Suitcase Junket - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Drawing deeply from folk and blues, poets and philosophers, Chris Smither is one of the great 'Godfathers' of American Roots music. Raised in New Orleans he developed an early fascination for the blues and in particular the music of Lightnin' Hopkins, whose influence still informs his driving percussive guitar playing. In the early 70s Chris moved to Cambridge Massachusetts where he became a mainstay of the burgeoning folk scene, becoming good friends with Bonnie Raitt who recorded his song 'Love Me Like A Man', a staple of her set to this day. A true original, his sparse brilliant songs delivered in his care worn voice and intricate acoustic guitar picking, are unlike anything on the block. Joining Chris is young American songwriter Matt Lorenz aka The Suitcase Junket, whose music is rooted in the salvaged sounds of mountain ballads, blues manifestos, juke joints and dusty back porches. Tickets £15. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

UPDATED Thursday 24 January 2019 8pm - Free Concert - Crabshell Inn, Embankment Road, Kingsbridge TQ7 1JZ (map)
This concert will showcase local musicians. By the end of the evening everyone will realise what entertainment there is to be had in the South Hams and there are even more out there. To get us going Mick Loates, blues enthusiast extraordinaire resplendent in his trademark Fedora will engage with delicate vocals and blues accompaniments . Cool Beanz follow. Their fusion of upbeat folk reggae roots music will generate more than usual excitement in our hip-op audience. Then Phil Kennerell will let us know why he revels in a January spot. Phil is a veteran of many clubs and stages and we’re pleased he’s back for his 4th Crabshell concert. To bring this fine concert to an end we have Acorn Shakers (Andrew, Emily, Nick and Claire). They draw on their long-term musical experiences to present an exciting and varied repertoire from American Old Time’s golden era: the 1920s/30s to mountain ballads and string band songs. They play fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar, tenor guitar, dulcimer, banjo bass, ukulele and washboard. There is something for everyone! No need to book; but please be seated by 8pm. To get a good seat get in early! We thank the Crabshell Inn for use of the room. www.shamstrad.co.uk.

Friday 25 January 2019 - Widecombe Sailing Club Winter Regatta - The Old Inn, Widecombe in the Moor
This is 'Burns' Night, particularly up there, over the border. However, as this is a sailing club we thought it more appropriate that is should be called 'Drowns' Night. Unless anyone wishes to do a rendition of 'The boy stood on the burning deck'. Judging from the last two years, a great social evening in prospect, with excellent food, and great entertainment. No pressure on anyone to perform, just come along and enjoy yourselves. (details tba) £?? for dinner, pud, cheese, cuppa. www.widecombesailingclub.org.uk.

Exeter Folk Club - Victoria Park Tennis Club, Lyndhurst Road, St. Leonards, Exeter, EX2 4NX (map)
The Club's monthly programme of guest and open nights for 2019 is now available on www.exeterfolkclub.org. Booked guests currently include Steve Turner (15/3), Tom McConville (13/4), Reg Meuross (10/5), Miranda Sykes (13/9), Jackie Oates (11/10).
Friday 25 January - Open Club Night. February - No Club Night (due to circumstances beyond the club's control).

UPDATED Friday 25 January 2019 7.30pm - Jim Causley - St Paul's Church, Starcross EX6 8QB
More than simply a folk-singer, multi award winning singer-songwriter and musician Jim Causley is an all-round entertainer and his 'Evening with' concerts give a full night of beautiful singing, moving ballads, hilarious ditties and everything in between. Drawing equally from traditional repertoire, modern songs as well as his own compositions and settings of poems by his relative, the celebrated Charles Causley. All accompanied on piano and various accordions and served with a gurt dollop of Westcountry humour, an evening with Jim is an evening not to be missed. www.wegottickets.com/event/450530. Pasties on sale. Support: Jimmy Ireland.

Friday 25 January 2019 8pm - Burns Night Ceilidh with Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Blue Jewel is one of the most sought after ceilidh bands in the south west, playing mostly Irish tunes (on fiddles and bouzouki) for English country dances, with a sprinkling of great dances from elsewhere in Europe. Caller Kip is relaxed and clear, making it all easy and fun. From novice dancers to the more experienced, children to the silver-haired, you’re guaranteed to have a great time! “The Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band is absolutely fantastic! They stand out not only because of the quality of the musicians but also because the caller gives the ceilidh such a fun atmosphere. I couldn’t recommend them more highly.” Lindsay Braga. www.calstockarts.org.

Friday 25 January 2019 - Sound Of The Sirens - Palace Theatre, Palace Avenue, Paignton TQ3 3HF (map)
West Country folk-rock duo, Abbe Martin and Hannah Wood, return celebrating the launch of their new album today as well as the start of a 21-date UK tour. Expect an unforgettable performance with warmth and humour. This follow-up to their debut album  continues to showcase an evident gift for crafting unique, vivid and enduring melodies over 15 heartfelt tracks, blending intoxicating vocal harmonies with beautifully crafted instrumentals. www.soundofthesirens.net. www.palacetheatrepaignton.co.uk. Box office 01803 665800.

NEW Friday 25 January 2019 - Re-Jig: Burns Night celebration - Drewe Arms, Drewsteignton
Former members of Jiggerypipery combine with Gingang to carry on playing hi-energy jigs and reels. Re-Jig comprises Tony Bayliss: Cittern, Vocals - Louis Bingham: Tenor Banjo, Guitar - Carl Allerfeldt: Fiddle - Pete Bingham: Bass - Simon Crowe: Drums. Tickets £8. Reserve tickets in advance at the Drewe Arms, or call Tony on 07876 788988.

NEW Saturday 26 January 2019 - Re-Jig: Burns Night ceilidh & supper - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
Former members of Jiggerypipery combine with Gingang to carry on playing hi-energy jigs and reels. There will be Scottish dancing, Haggis, tatties and 'neeps (and whisky)! The Haggis will be addressed in traditional fashion by Andy Williamson. Re-Jig comprises Tony Bayliss: Cittern, Vocals - Louis Bingham: Tenor Banjo, Guitar - Carl Allerfeldt: Fiddle - Pete Bingham: Bass - Simon Crowe: Drums. Tickets £6, £10 or £13, you choose. www.wegottickets.com/event/459501.

NEW Saturday 26 January 2019 8pm - Jelly Roll - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
Jelly Roll featuring Craig Milverton, Julian Piper and Coach York. Although on the face of it, it's an unlikely alliance - the UK's top Jazz pianist with a dyed in the wool bluesman - Julian Piper's association with Craig Milverton goes way back, to rambunctious days touring Europe backing American bluesmen. With ace drummer Coach York from the Mike Westbrook band on hand, the trio present a stunning selection of music ranging from Bobby Timmons Jazz classic 'Moanin', to the James Bond theme. Along the way expect a lot of jumping Boogie Woogie, New Orleans funk and B.B. King. Harmonica wizard Jeff 'The Horse' Horsey will also add his magic. Tickets £10 from The Bridge Inn 01392 873862.

Saturday 26 January 2019 - Sound Of The Sirens - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
West Country folk-rock duo Sound Of The Sirens have announced their new album, This Time, out January 25th via DMF Records, as well as a 21-date UK tour starting in January. Their live shows combine a natural facility for connecting with their audiences and unforgettable performances with warmth, humour and, above all, real conviction.
www.soundofthesirens.net. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW Saturday 26 January 2019 - Sarah Gillespie - Palace Theatre, Palace Avenue, Paignton TQ3 3HF (map)
Critically acclaimed singer songwriter renowned for mixing elements of blues, folk and jazz with her distinctive streetwise lyricism. As a teenager, Gillespie busked across America and went on to perform across Europe, the UK and the USA with appearances on BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4. Her 4th album Wishbones has been very well received, ‘...Gillespie’s spiky lyrical gift is utterly distinctive.“ Metro – London. With Ruth Goller - bass, Chris Montague – guitar, Kit Downes – piano.  A Fougou Music Presentation. Tickets £12.50. www.palacetheatrepaignton.co.uk. Box office 01803 665800.

NEW Saturday 26 January 2019 -  d'Accord Exeter - St Matthews Church Hall, Newtown, Exeter EX1 2LJ
2019 sees the 25th anniversary of d'Accord which presents a showcase with three local bands - Fraich'Airs, the Drones Club and TRaM - playing during the evening, providing fantastic music for a range of French and Breton dances as well as our normal dance 'workshop' at the beginning of the evening. Also a short AGM during the tea break. No partner is needed for many of the dances and beginners are always welcome. Doors 7.15pm. Dance tuition 7.30pm. First band around 8pm. Admission £9 includes tea and biscuits. BYO drinks. Free parking opposite.
Coming next: 23/2 Steve Tyler and Katy Marchant; 23/3 Steve Turner and David Faulkner; 27/4 Levriad

Saturday 26 January 2019 - Ceilidh with Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band - Stoke Gabriel Football Club
Hosted by Stoke Gabriel Boating Association. "We have played a number of ceilidhs for the SGBA over recent years, and they have all been great evenings". A few miles south of Totnes on the river Dart. Ticket details to follow www.sgbahost.co.uk/social_programme.htm.

Saturday 26 January 2019 8pm - Ceilidh with Pigs Might Fly - Kenn Centre, Exeter Road, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UE
Exeter Ceilidhs is a season of ceilidhs / barn dances featuring local bands and callers. See www.exeterceilidhs.net for full details. Teas, coffees & biscuits provided (small donation requested), but no bar. BYO alcohol if you wish. Contact: Jeremy on 07969 297633, email contact@exeterceilidhs.net. Entry £8, (U16 £4, U10 free). Coming later: March 2 - Amber Fire; March 23 - Dartmoor Pixie Band; April 27 - Dumbo's Feather; May 25 - Phoenix

Saturday 26 January 2019 - RSVP Bhangra Band - Oakford Village Hall, nr Tiverton
RSVP is a Bhangra band that blends traditional Punjabi celebratory folk music with Western musical influences to create a sound that is unusual when heard by mainstream listeners, but none of that matters, because their ability to perform to a crowd is perfect. Their stage personalities are lovable, the Asian drumbeats are infectious, and the Western slant gives the crowd something unique to enjoy. With musicians drawn from one family, wholly rooted in an authentic living tradition, yet unafraid to innovate, this is the ultimate celebratory Indian music. RSVP will be bringing their Big Bhangra Beats and engaging, interactive vibe so be prepared to learn some Bhangra grooves and moves and get ready to party. More details, bookings etc. www.villagesinaction.co.uk.

NEW Monday 28 January 2019 7.30pm - Beth Rowley - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Gota Fria - Tracing the Line Duo Tour. A heady fusion of rock, blues and Americana ‘Gota Fría’ is a startling rebirth, with a confidence that belies a ten-year absence. Working with co-writers Ron Sexsmith, Marcus Bonfanti and Ben Castle, Rowley has delivered an album that smolders, in both explosive and intimate forms. ‘Howl at the Moon’ and ‘Only One Cloud’, evoke the swarthy drama of Led Zeppelin while ‘Brother’ and ‘Run to the Light’ are ember-glowing ballads.  Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk. Part of Independent Venues Week.

Tuesday 29 January 2019 7.30pm - Ben Ottewell - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Demonstrating Ben’s potent and ongoing love-affair with Americana - and flecked with trace elements of what you might loosely call Derbyshire folk - A Man Apart is the first solo album he has made without some kind of Gomez project lurking in the background. As such, he found the process both liberating and ever-so-slightly daunting. “I still love my Americana and my JJ Cale”, says Ben in summary, “but I think this is quite an English-sounding record. I feel like I’m really finding my feet as a writer, and I notice that the people who are coming to my shows these days aren’t necessarily Gomez fans.”  Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk. Part of Independent Venues Week.

UPDATED Wednesday 30 January 2019 - Phil Beer - Uffculme Village Hall, nr Cullompton
Phil is an incredible multi-instrumentalist and singer. He has been "on the road" for around 45 years now, amazingly, and has played with a huge number of different artist, but is very modest about publicizing this! He prefers to say "Phil Beer. Plays guitar and fiddle. Sings a bit." Needless to say, this hardly does justice to describe an evening of his songs, tunes and anecdotes that give an insight into a wonderful world the music that he loves and which has delighted audiences for more than four decades. www.wegottickets.com/event/456190.

Friday 1 February 2019 8pm - Phil Beer - Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
String Theory Tour. Charming, disarming and exceptionally talented, multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer is something of a national treasure on the folk, roots and acoustic scene. One-half of award-winning powerhouse Show of Hands, Phil is equally in demand for his solo shows. In early 2019 Phil sets out to share some of his most loved songs at carefully selected venues across the UK – we’re delighted to be one of them. With the odd laugh thrown in for good measure, Beer’s flawless musicianship and rich vocals will leave you wanting more. www.calstockarts.org.

NEW Friday 1 February 2019 7.30pm - Tristan and Iseult - Methodist Church, Fore Street, Totnes TQ9 5HW
Storytelling by Katy Cawkwell. Tragedy, romance and thrill spanning the lands and seas of Cornwall, Brittany and Ireland. “compelling and gripping…” Everything Theatre.
www.ticketsource.co.uk/south-devon-storytellers.

NEW Friday 1 February 2019 7.30pm - Sam Green - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
A modern, independent Roots artist with universal appeal; Sam's music has served as the foundations on which he has built a strong reputation as a live act combining virtuosic musical skill with great song writing. From a live show, you can expect original music inspired by a love of Grunge, Blues, Alt-Folk and Country, presented with percussive acoustic slide guitar, as well as hypnotic rhythms created live with the use of stomp-box and loop station.  "One of the hot new acts making the summer swing at Glastonbury festival" The Independent Newspaper. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk. Part of Independent Venues Week.

UPDATED Postponed until Saturday 12 October 2019
Friday 1 February 2018 7.30pm - Wren Music: Gothic Dartmoor - Cygnet Theatre, Friars Gate, Exeter EX2 4AZ (map)
Tickets £12. Box Office 01392 277189/665885.
www.wegottickets.com/cygnettheatre. www.wrenmusic.co.uk.

Saturday 2 February 2019 7.30pm - Steve Knightley - The Watermark, Erme Court, Leonards Road, Ivybridge PL21 0SZ (map)
Steve Knightley is the songwriting force behind the phenomenally successful acoustic roots duo Show of Hands as well as a fine singer and musician. From a rock background, Knightley is known for his strong narrative songs (many inspired by people and places in his native West Country) and cogent, inventive lyrics. His rock style rant Country Life and anthemic rally call Roots were both nominated for Best Original Song in the BBC Radio2 Folk Awards, whilst Show of Hands have won the categories Best Live Act and Best Duo. At the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Steve won the coveted Best Original Song category with his topical and widely acclaimed song aimed at bankers and MPs – Arrogance Ignorance and Greed. Full details, bookings etc.
www.ivybridgewatermark.co.uk. Tel. 01752 892220.

Saturday 2 February 2019 8pm - Bob Cheevers - Dolphin Hotel, Station Road, Bovey Tracey TQ13 9AL
We say hello once again to the wonderful songwriter Bob Cheevers. Long recognized by peers as being blessed with the acute vision of a master painter coupled with the precision attention to detail of a great novelist, Cheevers has written over 3,000 songs in his five decade career. Along the way he has rightfully earned the mantle of master songwriter as well as the respect of his many songwriting pals, including Texas icon Ray Wiley Hubbard, who recently said, “Bob is one cool scarecrow gypsy poet who writes and sings the romantic beautiful truth. When he releases a record, I listen.”  Full details www.southdevonmusic.co.uk.

UPDATED Saturday 2 February 2019 7.30pm - Velvet & Stone: Sound Mind Sessions - St. John in the Wilderness, St John's Road, Exmouth EX8 5EG
Sound Mind Sessions is a venture providing spine-tingling original live acoustic music in beautiful Devon venues, while raising awareness and funds for Mental Health issues in the creative industries. Show headlined by stunning alt-folk group Velvet & Stone whose brand of contemporary folk combines wide-open soundscapes with catchy pop hooks and great songs, and has been described as “haunting” by BBC Radio 2, and “superb” by BBC Introducing. Led by the ethereal combination of Lara’s vocals, and Kathryn’s violin;Velvet & Stone’s music draws upon personal stories, melancholy tales and rugged landscapes, taking their audiences on an unforgettable journey through stunning melodies and soundscapes to foot-stomping folk-rock.. Support: two brilliant and unique acts, Georgia Omarah and Ben Morgan-Brown. Full details www.wegottickets.com/soundmindsessions.

Saturday 2 February 2019 7.30pm - David Ford - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Having gained a reputation as one of Britain’s finest songwriters and one of the very few with the willingness and expertise to tackle matters of politics and current affairs, Ford presents a new collection of songs, his most ambitious to date, regarding economics and the part it plays in 21st Century life. Ford has managed to seize this important, but admittedly dry, complex subject and deliver an album of accessible, emotive and engaging songs that try to make sense of an increasingly confounding world.  A multi-instrumentalist and master of the loop pedal. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk. Part of Independent Venues Week.

NEW Saturday 2 February 2019 7.30pm - Chris Woods Groove Orchestra - Beehive Arts Centre, Dowell Street, Honiton EX14 1LZ
When Google book an artist for their event, someone described as ‘changing the perceived boundaries of the acoustic guitar’, you know you aren’t talking about your average musician. Instrumental phenomenon – guitarist Chris Woods, began his career as a solo guitarist, originally catching the eye of the music industry for his creative approach to playing; using revolutionary techniques and a hugely individual approach to composition.
Creative acoustic guitar Workshop 4.30-6.30pm
A relaxed workshop for all abilities and style of guitarists. Participants will leave having learned a range of exciting percussive techniques, enjoyed being part of a guitar orchestra and a whole lot more.
Tickets - Show only: adult £12 adv, £15 door, student £5; show & workshop: adult £20, student £15. Box office 01404 384050. www.beehivehoniton.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 3 February 2019 7.30pm - Sam Lewis - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Sam Lewis has collaborated with everyone from Leon Russell to The Wood Brothers. Chris Stapleton dubbed him “a modern Townes Van Zandt”. And while he’s often labeled with some form of the word ‘soulful’ (some have even compared his voice to molasses), Lewis’ style meets at a juncture of many different genres. There’s something about Sam Lewis that is indescribably different — and with his newest project, he’s discovered what most musicians spend lifetimes working for - the place where feel-good music meets vital social commentary. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk. Part of Independent Venues Week.

NEW Sunday 3 February 2019 7.45pm - Jim Reynolds - Folk on the Moor, Westward Inn, Lee Mill, Ivybridge PL21 9EE (map)
A songwriter, guitarist & singer of blues, ragtime and old fashioned ballads, although Jim's early influences were the likes of Ralph McTell, John Martyn and Al Stewart, he is equally at home with songs from the 1930s and 40s, all presented in an incredibly relaxed manner, that belies the quality of his musicianship. His own songs often portray the people and relationships within his own life, intermixed with a fair dose of wry humour. £10.
 Further information / reserve seat: www.moorfolk.co.uk.

Sunday 3 February 2019 - Jim Causley - Tavistock Wharf (map)
details tba/tbc Traditional songs of Devon.
www.jimcausley.co.uk. www.tavistockwharf.com.

NEW Wednesday 6 February 2019 7.30pm - Late Burns Night - Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map)
Enjoy an evening of varied music and words in the relaxing atmosphere of the antique barn, featuring Unique Duo Reefs of Moonshine and Contemporary Folk Trio Navigator together with readings of poetry and prose by Mary Booker and James Armstong. Tickets £7, from 07812 688432 or 07881 945900, or the Bridge 01392 873862.

NEW Friday 8 February 2019 7.30pm - John Smith - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Living with the traditional songs on "Hummingbird" are new original songs penned by Smith ("Hummingbird," "Boudica," and "Axe Mountain (Revisited)") - which stand up alongside the others as evidence of the power of his influences and personal history on his present creativity. Produced by Sam Lakeman and recorded at his Somerset studio, "Hummingbird" features Cara Dillon, John McCusker and Ben Nicholls. “You’re smiling even as tears catch in your throat.” -MOJO. “Spellbinding.” -Time Out. “the guitarists’ guitarist.” -The Sunday Times. “Staggeringly good.” -Acoustic Magazine. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

Saturday 9 February 2019 8pm - Mrs Midnight’s Midwinter Musical Madness Ceilidh - Newton St Cyres Parish Hall, West Town Rd, Exeter EX5 5BW
Come dressed as ANYTHING to do with music, song or harmony - a tune, or a song from a show, or a show itself!, or an opera or a musical note or an instrument. There are prizes of great worth to be won, and good dancing to be had, whether in costume or no! Bar, Raffle & Pasties as is now traditional, and a spot from Glory of the West. If you haven’t been there before, it's just off the A377 main Exeter to Crediton Road. Tickets £8 door / £7 conc. or in advance  Contact info@mrsmidnights.co.uk or text 07789 714498 to book a place.

NEW Saturday 9 February 2019 8pm - Papa Gator & The Levee Breakers - Globe Hotel, Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0HR (map)
A Mardi Gras night of Mambo madness! Featuring the accordion of Rob Rickey from Lafayette Louisiana, alongside sensational Pedal Steel player Gus York, whose claim to fame includes years on the road with Val Doonican(!) and recording with Marianne Faithful, and the fiery guitar playing of Julian Piper, a man who's served more time than most hanging around the Louisiana swamps, this bunch of renegades dish out a heady Gumbo of Louisiana Cajun, Swamp Pop and Soul . With a rhythm section of Chris Billings on bass guitar and Lucy Piper on drums, Papa Gator serve up a real dose of Les Bon Temps! Tickets £10 from Topsham Books 01392 877895.
Also: Saturday 16 February 2019 8pm - Papa Gator And The Levee Breakers -The Drewe Arms Drewsteignton EX6 6QN - 01647 281409

NEW Saturday 9 February 2019 7.30pm - Jaywalkers - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
Jaywalkers have been delighting audiences for over 10 years; taking their exciting, inventive and virtuosic brand of Americana up, down and around the UK and Europe. These three outstanding musicians have developed a tight bond, demonstrated through their well-crafted, tasteful arrangements and ability to bounce ideas around the stage. The combination of powerhouse bass, flame-fingered mandolin, blistering fiddle and three-part harmony pack a punch as fiery as Jay’s lead vocals and make a fuller sound than expected from an acoustic trio. “An effortless blend British and American folk traditions to create something arguably greater than either of these genres.” Acoustic magazine. www.jaywalkers.co.uk. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 10 February 2019 7.30pm - Miranda Sykes - St Mary's Parish Church, Kingskerswell TQ12 5LD (map)
The acclaimed singer and bassist with ‘Show of Hands’ returns in 2019 with a new album and UK tour. After a career spanning over 20 years, during which time she has played with many of the top musicians and singers within the folk world, she will be touring solo as she started out: One woman, one bass, and one guitar. Building on the success of her Borrowed Places tour which opened a window into the past, explaining where she had been, physically and spiritually, Miranda is back with a new project: Behind The Wall, a roller coaster ride exploring where we are going; Miranda, you, me, all of us. Powerful and hard-hitting but also poignant and beautiful. www.mirandasykes.com. Tickets and info 01803 875527. Full details, programme, samples etc. www.worldunlimited.co.uk.

NEW Sunday 10 February 2019 - Keith James: The songs of Leonard Cohen - Ashburton Arts Centre, West Street, Ashburton TQ13 7DT
With a lifetime reputation of performing in this exact way and an undying love of the ‘pure song’ Keith James gives you a concert of Cohen’s amazing material in the most intimate and sensitive way imaginable, exposing the solitary inner strength of his greatest songs in their original perfect form. Amongst a concert of such songs as; Famous Blue Raincoat, Sisters of Mercy, Suzanne and Hallelujah, are also Poems by Lorca that Keith has set to music; Cohen’s greatest influence. There will also be songs from ‘You want it Darker’ released just before his death – produced by his Son, Adam. www.facebook.com/pg/ashburtonarts/events. www.ashburtonarts.org.uk. More details www.wegottickets.com/event/461354.

UPDATED Selling strongly, but tickets still available
Friday 15 February 2019 7.30pm - Fairport Convention - Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
After more than fifty years on the road Fairport Convention’s passion for live performance has never wavered. This concert will showcase the band’s musical sophistication and instrumental virtuosity during a fascinating journey through their inspiring and extensive repertoire. Renowned as the founding fathers of British folk-rock music, Fairport Convention has maintained consistently high standards for over five decades and remains as entertaining as ever. Still bold, still vigorous and still willing to take musical chances, an evening with Fairport never fails to dazzle and delight audiences. Full details, bookings etc. www.exetercornexchange.co.uk/whats-on.

Friday 15 February 2019 - Jackie Oates - St Paul's Church, Starcross EX6 8QB
Jackie is a singer and fiddle player hailing from Staffordshire. Her unique treatment of English ballads and songs and pure, haunting singing style has established her at the forefront of the new English folk revival. www.wegottickets.com/event/450407. The Starcross concerts aim to raise some money to keep the church going and make it a more viable community building.

NEW Friday 15 February 2019 - Rag Mama Rag - Milverton Music, Victoria Rooms, Fore St, Milverton, Taunton TA4 1JU
Contact
01823 400416 or email milvertonmusic@f2s.com. www.milvertonmusic.co.uk.

***** Part Two - Some newly notified events *****

Fri/Sat 19/20 July 2019 - Chagstock Festival - Whiddon Down, nr Chagford
More acts announced. Limited number of Early Bird tickets are now on sale at cheaper than 2018 prices! See www.chagstock.info.

Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Sand Lane, Calstock PL18 9QX (map)
Calstock Arts was established in 2010 and is a not-for-profit arts venue. It is largely staffed by a dedicated team of volunteers. Initially set up as a Community Interest Company we converted to Charity status in 2015. Our programme is varied and includes folk, jazz and classical music, dance, films, talks, comedy, workshops and exhibitions. Fully licensed bar. Full programme details: www.calstockarts.org. The current programme includes:
Friday 25 January 2019 8pm - Burns Night Ceilidh with Blue Jewel Ceilidh Band
Friday 1 February 2019 8pm - Phil Beer

Thursday 7 March 2019 8pm - Leveret
Saturday 23 March 2019 8pm - Nick Harper: 58 Fordwych Road
Thursday 18 April 2019 8pm - The Askew Sisters
Friday 3 May 2019 8pm - Eliza Carthy & Martin Carthy
Friday 17 May 2019 8pm - The Little Unsaid

***** Part Three - Other stuff *****

Neil White R.I.P.
Many recipients will have known Neil White from Kingsbridge. Sadly, after a long period of being unwell, he passed away in the early hours of yesterday morning at home in the company of his family. Our thought are with Gill and the fmaily. Neil organised Crabshell concerts from 2006-2014 and recently founded Crabshell Records. You can read more on the Crabshell Inn facebook page www.facebook.com/crabshellinn.kingsbridge or at www.shamstrad.co.uk.

Re-launch of Acoustic Warehouse with new name & style for 2019:
Acoustic Warehouse – Music & Performance Club - Newton Abbot RFC, Rackerhayes, Newton Road, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot TQ12 3SJ
Live music club every Monday 7.15-10.15pm, starting on 21st January Open Mic
For each month, the First & Third Mondays (or if there is a Fifth) will be an ‘Open mic’ format; the Second & Fourth Mondays will be ‘Unplugged’.
Example for April 2019: Mon 1st April Open Mic; Mon 8th April Unplugged; Mon 15th April Open Mic; Mon 22nd April Unplugged; Mon 29th April Open Mic
£2 entrance including raffle, raising money for Rowcroft Hospice.

Tunelink - Evening Workshops in Traditional Music and Dance
Wednesdays 7.00-8.30pm at The Mansion, Totnes TQ9 5RP

Spring/summer 2019: January: 30; February: 6, 13; March:: 6, 13, 20, 27; May: 1, 8, 15, 22; June: 5, 12, 19, 26
Evening workshops in traditional music and dance led by Gris Sanderson and Louis Bingham. Please get in touch for more information. See www.facebook.com/TunelinkSW or email tunelinksouthwest@gmail.com.

All information is given in good faith but no responsibility can be accepted for its accuracy. Do check with the organiser before setting out on a long journey. A listing here does not guarantee that tickets are still available.
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6/1/19

Harberton Folk Circular - Sunday 6 January 2019

Hello again everyone. The HF circular is back again after the holiday break, not that I actually intended to leave such a long gap between missives - although it is always the quietest time of the year event-wise. My thanks to all those who sent seasonal greetings and messages of support - they were greatly appreciated.

Part One below - A full listing for the next 6 weeks
Part Two - Miscellaneous other stuff
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear as always on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk..

***** Part One *****

What's On at the Bicton Inn in Exmouth - January 2019
The full and varied music and events programme for the Bicton Inn can be found at www.bictoninn.co.uk (and www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/bictoninn.htm).

NEW Saturday 16 February 2019 7.30pm - Jim Causley & Jane Darke: Cornwall’s Native Poet - Mamhead Village Hall, Stud Hill, Mamhead, EX6 8HP
A screening of the 2017 BBC film, Cornwall’s Native Poet by award winning Cornish filmmaker Jane Darke about the life the renowned Cornish poet Charles Causley. It features interviews with important names in literature such as Sir Andrew Motion, Simon Armitage, Roger McGough and the sound track is comprised of settings of Charles’ poems by his relative, award winning folk musician Jim Causley. Jane will introduce the film, and after the screening will follow a Question & Answer session between Jane, Jim and the audience. Jim will finish the evening by playing a live selection of his musical settings of Causley’s poems. Call 0845 467 0529 to book.

NEW Saturday 16 February 2019 8pm - Moscow Drug Club - Chudleigh Community School Hall, Lawn Drive, Chudleigh TQ13 0LS
Moscow Drug Club is a curious musical place where certain elements of 1930’s Berlin Cabaret, Hot Club de France, Nuevo Tango & Gypsy Campfire meet, have a few to drink and stagger arm in arm into the darkness of some eastern European cobbled street on a mission to find the bar where Django Reinhardt & Tom Waits are having an after hours jam with the local Tziganes. Combining their original material with songs by the likes of Jaques Brel, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits & Bertolt Brecht, provide an intoxicating & intimate musical experience. Early gigs in the bars and clubs of Bristol provided evidence that Moscow Drug Club made a noise that made people happy. www.moscowdrugclub.com. Tickets £12 adult, child £8 from 01626 852553.

NEW Saturday 16 February 2019 8pm - Claude Bourbon - Dolphin Hotel, Station Road, Bovey Tracey TQ13 9AL
A true virtuoso guitarist. One reviewer said “What came next I find hard to describe, an almost endless amalgam of different influences, melting into each other as we moved from classical openings, across a whole continent of cultural roots, from the Balearics to the Balkans, and then across to the Mississippi Delta, and shoehorned into all that was music that would not have been amiss in the courts of emperors and kings… It’s not easy to begin to describe the breadth or mastery of the music you will hear if fortunate to catch one of Claude’s gigs. Full details www.southdevonmusic.co.uk.

***** Part Two - Miscellaneous other stuff  *****

New contact details for Brixham Folk Club
1st Friday, 8pm, The Old Coaching Inn, 61 Fore Street, Brixham TQ5 8AG. Singers and musicians welcome; the programme includes communal singing and a House Band. For information or queries, please contact Mark Harrod on mnharrod@yahoo.co.uk. [Mark is taking over the reigns from Anne & Steve Gill.]

South Brent - Pack Horse Inn
Following the recent closure of the Oak Inn, not the following at the Pack Horse Inn:
Mixed Folk Session on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month: - mainly a song session/‘sing around’ from around 8.30pm on the - Contact Eileen on 01364 73699 eileen.southbrentfolk@gmail.com.
Traditional Folk at the Pack: (formerly at The Oak) - Traditional music and song on the third Thursday of the month in the Tea Room from 8.00pm(ish). FFI Mick Bramich on 01364 649339.
(The future for other ‘Folk at the Oak’ sessions is being considered).

NEW Friday 18 January 2019 10.30am-4.30pm - Running a Youth Folk Ensemble - Exeter Phoenix, Gandy Street EX4 3LS (map)
Free. An inspiring day led by the National Youth Folk Ensemble artistic team to share approaches to running youth folk ensembles, reflect on folk music learning methods, and celebrate good practice in youth folk music. NYFE Artistic Director Sam Sweeney with core tutors Rob Harbron and Miranda Rutter will lead practical instrumental sessions exploring tools for teaching and developing folk specific techniques and style. Discussion groups and presentations from organisations running successful youth folk activities will showcase different ways of working with young folk musicians.
In Exeter we will be joined by Will Lang (Lead Tutor for the youth programme at Halsway Manor) and Becki Driscoll (Senior Community Musician at Wren Music). This day is aimed at musicians who are leading youth folk groups with young people (secondary school age) in formal or informal education settings; and music hub staff, peripatetic instrumental teachers and music teachers who are interested in starting a youth folk group or developing their knowledge of folk style and techniques. The day will include practical music-making sessions – bring your instrument. Register for your free place here www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/running-a-youth-folk-ensemble.

NEW Thursday 9 May 2019 - Wildwood Kin - Lemon Grove, Exeter University, St German's Road, Exeter EX4 6TG (map)
Standing. Wildwood Kin are a family trio whose sound is characterised by extraordinary harmonies. Their brilliant debut album, while influenced by their early folk leanings, delved deeply into other genres, featuring both electric and acoustic instruments, and boasted inventive sonics and spectral atmospherics alongside their hypnotic three-part harmonies. Guitarist Emillie Key, her bouzouki/keyboard-playing sister Beth and their drumming cousin Meghann Loney, all sing, swapping leads and joining on harmonies. Box Office 01392 667080. Full details www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/category/music.

NEW 22-26 August 2019 - Cornwall Folk Festival - Wadebridge
5 evening concerts: Steve Knightley; Wizz Jones at 80 Celebration + Midnight Skyracer; The Unthanks and Krelys; Flats and Sharps + Mick Ryan’s ‘Here at the Fair’ folk opera; Noble Jacks + Granny’s Attic. Plus local and regional musicians, workshops etc. www.cornwallfolkfestival.com. Early bird tickets now on sale.

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21/12/18

Harberton Folk Circular - Friday 21 December 2018

Part One below - A full listing to the end of January
Part Two - A few more events
Part Three - Other stuff
The full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings appear as always on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
This full circular is now also available as a PDF download from http://www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/ecircs/hfolk181221.pdf
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***** Part Three - Other stuff *****

Programme Changes at the Bay Horse Inn, Totnes
In January the Bay Horse has two seasonal events: the Wassail on the 9th, and Burns Night on the 25th. Kathy is keen to have those events well supported, so we've decided to cancel the regular English music and song sessions that would have been on 7th and 21st. Another factor is that some of us are away in January, so we thought it best to concentrate on the other two events, and resume our normal dates in February.
For the regular Bay Horse folk programme see www.facebook.com/groups/177074592312716.

NEW 2-9 August 2019 - Sidmouth Folk Festival
Early line-up announcements, website launched, tickets on sale (Super Early Bird). The Sidmouth Folk Festival goes back to its roots in 2019 and reclaims its title for its 65th edition.
www.sidmouthfolkfestival.co.uk. Join the festival mailing list for regular updates (which have already started): www.sidmouthfolkfestival.co.uk/mailing-list.

Session news
[Following gleaned verbatim from Tony Watts' Acoustic Calendar email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com]
Change of Venue
Exeter: Little Drops of Poison (formerly The Mint), 154 Fore St. EX4 3AT (01392 437382, www.facebook.com/groups/173833436777 )
Second Wednesday of the month. Folk music session.
“Formerly at The Globe.”
RIP
Exeter: Cowley Bridge Inn, Cowley Bridge Rd. EX4 5BX - First Tuesday of the month. Open mic, run by Tony Scott. - Pub closed.
Exmouth: The Famous Old Barrel, 1 Princes Street EX8 1JA - Every Monday, 8.30pm. Acoustic open mic. - Pub closed.

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General items retained from previous circulars

Upcoming folk shows on Liskeard Radio
Eddie's Folk Music Show starts up again Sunday 25 Nov, 10pm till midnight, 87.7 FM and ONLINE, and then for the first three Sundays in December (2nd, 9th,16th). Please send us details of gigs, sessions, Xmas dos etc, and we'll give yous a shout out. OK? Happy listening! www.liskeardradio.com.

Session news - Copper Penny Inn, Chipshop, Tavistock
The regular monthly (4th Tuesday) acoustic sessions for November and December at the Copper Penny are cancelled due to to holidays and Christmas. The next Copper Penny session therefore will be on Tuesday 22 January 2019.

Session News
New venue for Acoustic Warehouse Open Mic Performance Club:
Newton Abbot RFC, Rackerhayes, Newton Road, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot TQ12 3SJ

Every Monday 7.15pm to 10.15pm. £2 entrance including raffle, raising money for Rowcroft Hospice. Featured artist nights - 19 November - Eternal Circle (Martin & Janet Sidebotham), 3 December - Tom Hayes (of Alpha Tide, album launch), 17 December - Nigel Dee. Unplugged sessions on 5 November and 10 December. Closed 24 and 31 December. www.facebook.com/Acoustic.Warehouse.TQ123QH.

Session news
[Following gleaned verbatim from Tony Watts' Acoustic Calendar email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com]
RIP
Totnes: Thrive Café, Arcturus Centre, 47 Fore Street TQ9 5NJ (01803 840202, Simon & Susan: susan@farmhouse.ac, 01364 631308). Occasional, 7pm for 7.30pm.Open mic, hosted by Trade Winds. No longer happening.

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Winter Concerts at the Crabshell, Kingsbridge
Four "free" concerts are planned in the Crabshell this winter, thanks to the landlord and staff for letting us have the room again. We are pleased to announce the line-up for the first concert on Thursday 22 November: Simon Barron and Acorn Shakers will be our guests; full details on www.shamstrad.co.uk. No need to book; but please be seated by 8pm. To get a good seat get in early! Future concerts will be on 24 January, 28 February and 28 March. Programmes are in the process of being sorted. If you would like to be part of a programme on any of these dates or would like to recommend someone you know, please let Paul know as soon as possible (contact details on website).

Ashburton Arts
Ashburton Arts recently celebrated the first anniversary of its purchase of the old Methodist Church. An extensive programme of arts events of many genres currently extending over the next 3 months is available to view at
www.ashburtonarts.org.uk/whats-on. Well worth a look through. Here just a few names and dates for starters: 6/10 Mevagissey Male Choir; 20/10 Moscow Drug Club; 16/11 Reg Meuross + Harbottle & Jonas; 24+25/11 Simon Mayor & Hilary James; Meridianum Ensemble. Ticket prices for some events are also tiered, depending on what you can afford.

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NEW Tunelink - Evening Workshops in Traditional Music and Dance
Wednesdays 7.00-8.30pm at The Mansion, Totnes TQ9 5RP

Spring/summer 2019: January: 30; February: 6, 13; March:: 6, 13, 20, 27; May: 1, 8, 15, 22; June: 5, 12, 19, 26
Evening workshops in traditional music and dance led by Gris Sanderson and Louis Bingham. Please get in touch for more information. See www.facebook.com/TunelinkSW or email tunelinksouthwest@gmail.com.

Session News
Lympstone (nr. Exmouth): The Saddlers Arms, Exmouth Rd. EX8 5LS (Pub: 01395 265369; Olly: 07741409265, ollydavey1950@gmail.com )
Fourth Wednesday of every month, 8.30pm.  Lympstone Folk, Roots & Acoustic.  “All acts welcome.  A good sized car park and it’s right on the No 57 bus route.” This session is alive and well, following a recent RIP notice which may have cause confusion and referred only to the open mic, which happened on a Thursday.

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1) Church House Inn, Churchstow, sessions run by John Connor start again on Thursday 6 September at 8pm, and thereafter on the first Thursday of each month until June 2019.
2) Dartington , Acoustic Folk Nights at Meadowbrook Community Centre, Shinners Bridge. All musicians welcome, all styles; Songs; Tunes; start 8.30pm; Fridays: Sep 14th; Oct 12th; Nov 9th; Dec 7th. Facebook: meadowbrook dartington community centre.
[Following gleaned verbatim from Tony Watts' Acoustic Calendar email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com]
RIP
3) Folly Gate (nr. Okehampton) The Crossways Inn EX20 3AH (Pub: 01837 52088; Dave: 07792 259338, http://www.drjams.co.uk/ )
Third Monday of the month, 9pm. Open mic / jam. “Sorry to say that the Crossways jam is no more. Unfortunately we struggled to get the locals out to support it but thank you to everyone who came and performed and I wish the Crossways all the best for the future.” Dave

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Folk news slightly further afield:
North Devon/West Somerset music listings
Website listings of regular and special music events for the next couple of months for this area can be found at www.shammickacoustic.org.uk (then click on 'Local Events').
Somerset & Dorset (SADFOLK) folk events - Regular email updates
A regular and comprehensive emailed listing is available through www.sadfolk.co.uk (Somerset and Dorset folk, Steve Cunio) for folk events in venues large and small in those two counties, some of which are not too far away from the Harberton Folk area.
Folk in Cornwall
What it says on the tin - www.folkincornwall.co.uk - clubs, sessions, events...
Acoustic Calendar - Sign up for email updates at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com
Tony Watts' monthly calendar of folk clubs, singarounds, acoustic sessions & open mics in the South West. "The Acoustic Calendar is all about DIY music (NOT concerts, gigs, ceilidhs etc). The purpose of the Calendar is to keep you informed of all the places where you can take your voice and/or instrument and join in or do your own thing."
...and not forgetting www.flaxey-green.co.uk (and www.devonfolk.co.uk) for further detailed Devon listings, including many regular pub sessions,  folk dance clubs and much more.

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Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for July
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.
(Unfortunately this is the last monthly East Devon Gig Guide from Rachel, who says:)
"This is just to let you know that I will not be compiling and sending out any more gig guides for Exmouth. It has become increasingly difficult to get information directly from both the venues and the artists. I have really enjoyed putting it together and would like to say a special thank you to Ted (always first to reply to my email!), Martin, Alison, Geoff and others who have supported the effort and to the many music loving subscribers to the gig guide. We are very lucky to live in a place with so much wonderful live music. Long may it continue. Rachel"

Session news
Okehampton: Okey Folky, The Plume of Feathers, 8 Fore St. EX20 1HB (01837 52815, www.facebook.com/Okey-Folky-2052675631681435)
Last Sunday of the month, 8pm. Open folk session/club. “Everyone is welcome, singers, dancers, musicians.”

Session News
This is always a good opportunity to mention that an ideal source of information about sessions across southern Devon and further afield in the county is www.flaxey-green.co.uk (which also contains a wealth of other folk information).
Jurassic Folk, Seaton - A reminder that Jurassic Folk now only meet on the 3rd Wednesday of every month, (including August). There are still folk arriving on the 1st Wednesday, only to be disappointed. For any other information, call Adrian and Gerry on 01404 549903.

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[version sent on 8/6/18 to remainder of 270 contacts 'cleaned' by MailChimp, inviting re-subscription]
Once again this copy of yesterday's Harberton Folk email circular is being sent directly from my laptop (not via MailChimp, nor in MailChimp format this time) to those mostly btinternet / btopenworld / yahoo / aol / sky email addresses who were removed a while back from Harberton Folk's MailChimp database due to unknown circumstances and have not yet re-subscribed.
If you wish to continue receiving the regular circulars, please re-subscribe by going to www.harbertonfolk.co.uk where you’ll find a link to a short form to complete – and you’ll be back on the list.
Or simply reply to this email and ask me to re-subscribe you.
You can view Harberton Folk's GDPR-compliant Privacy Policy on the website.
Note that the e-circulars are now being sent from hfolk@johnculf.co.uk.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
At some point in the not too distant future I will no longer be able to continue sending these separate copies to you.
Best wishes
John Culf

[version sent to NON-GDPR segment on 8/6/18]
GDPR - Still time to update your preferences to continue receiving Harberton Folk Circulars - Please act now
The new GDPR data protection law came into force on May 25th.
I'm still hoping some more of the people who have not yet UPDATED THEIR PREFERENCES appropriately (see the link at the very foot of this circular) will do so to enable me to continue sending them the circulars. You will also find an 'unsubscribe' link there, should you need it.
The full list of 1350+ contacts is now effectively split into two parts, one containing the 955 contacts who have already updated, the other (to which this customised version of yesterday's circular is being sent) containing the remainder.
Alternatively, you can simply reply to this email and I can do the updates for you, if you tell me that is your wish.
New contacts can subscribe to the circulation at any time via a link provided on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
Many thanks for your understanding and cooperation. John Culf

[version sent to GDPR CONSENT segment on 7/6/18]
Firstly, my thanks to the 955 contacts who have (thus far) confirmed their consent to continue receiving Harberton Folk emails. My list is now effectively divided into two parts, i.e. those who have, and those who have not (yet), re-confirmed. I'm now able to send separately to the two groups and will be sending further GDPR reminders (with the circular) to the latter group, and can assure everyone receiving this version of today's that this is the last time I will mention GDPR! Many thanks for your understanding and cooperation. John Culf

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Harberton Folk Circular - Friday 25 May 2018
If you would like to continue receiving Harberton Folk email circulars...
...you must confirm your consent to do so - or your contact details will soon be removed from the circulation
!
I know many of you will be fed up of receiving emails about
GDPR - but today May 25th is the day the new law comes into force.
To date, barely half of my 1300+ contacts have signed up for continued circulars and I am sure there are many more who wish to remain on the list but just haven't got round to taking the appropriate action yet.
Even if you don't read any more of this circular, jump to the "Update subscription preferences" link at the very foot of this email which will offer you a very short simple form to complete - your existing details will already be there (with asterisks blanking most of your email address for security) - just tick both the vacant boxes and click 'Update Profile'. You can enter a completely different email address if you wish. (You could even 'Unsubscribe'!)
I intend to send several further reminders about this in the coming days because I really want to lose as few contacts as possible from the list.

Harberton Folk Circular - Tuesday 15 May 2018
Sorry it's been so long since the last circular. GDPR stuff has been taking up a lot of my spare time, but I think I'm almost there now.
GDPR Update - My Next Email will Require Action on Your Part
My next email (hopefully tomorrow) will be particularly important as it will hopefully ensure that the Harberton Folk email circulation is operating in compliance with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force with effect from 25 May 2018.
You must take action as indicated in that next email (or any subsequent reminders) if you wish to continue receiving the e-circulars, i.e. re-confirm your consent to receive Harberton Folk e-circulars.
If you do not, we will unfortunately be obliged to remove your name and email address from the circulation.
Sorry to sound rather 'technical' or officious, but this IS REALLY IMPORTANT and we don't want to lose you!
Please also note that a few changes are also being made at the same time in the hope of reducing the likelihood of these circulars being regarded as spam/junk by some email systems/providers. For example, the sending address will in future appear as hfolk@johnculf.co.uk (in case you need to 'whitelist' this address or otherwise approve it for receiving Harberton Folk e-circulars.
John

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Update on the New Data Protection Law (GDPR)
My thanks to the significant number of people who have sent comments and offered advice on this subject, following my piece last week. I'm beginning to get a good idea of what I need to do to keep the Harberton Folk email circulation 'legal' and will share this with you soon. It will require simple action on your part to enable you to continue receiving the e-circulars.

New Data Protection Law
Some of you may have heard recent mention of a new (EU) data protection law coming into effect on May 25th; some may have even heard its name: General Data Protection Regulation 'GDPR'. I am still struggling to understand the possible  implications of this for my Harberton Folk email circulars and the MailChimp data base containing your details which underpins the circulars, and what I may have to do - and ask you to do - to ensure compliance with the new law and thereby allow you to continue receiving these circulars. Watch this space! JC

Session News
[Following gleaned verbatim from Tony Watts' Acoustic Calendar email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com]
RIP
Ermington (nr. Ivybridge): Crooked Spire Inn, The Square PL21 9LP (Pub: 01548 831288). Second Friday of the month, 8.30pm. Open mic. Music and song. No more.

Session News
[Following gleaned verbatim from Tony Watts' Acoustic Calendar email updates - sign up at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com]
CHANGE OF DAY
Exeter: The Oddfellows, 60 New North Rd. EX4 4EP (01392 209050). Every Thursday, 9pm. Open mic. Used to be on Mondays.

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Featured venue: Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
A wide variety of music - see www.facebook.com/pg/BrookInnPlympton/events (www.brookinnplympton.co.uk)
Tel. 01752 297604 - including.
NEW Monday 23 April 2018 - An Evening with Jim Causley
What better way to mark St George's Day than an evening of traditional folk tales and music from one of Devon's best loved and respected figures of today’s contemporary roots and folk scene; Jim Causley. During the past decade Jim has been nominated no less than six times for a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award and in 2017 he was nominated as “Singer of the Year” at the awards. We are delighted to offer an evening with Jim on St George's Day. Tickets £25 per person and include a two course meal. www.facebook.com/events/517564475294414.
NEW Friday 4 May 2018 - Peter Donegan - Brook Inn,  33 Longbrook Street, Plympton St Maurice, Plymouth PL7 1NJ
The son of skiffle legend, Lonnie Donegan, now performing his father's songs and keeping alive the memory of one of the first stars of the hit parade. Tickets £3, available adv at the bar (free to restaurant diners that evening). www.facebook.com/events/1926312494365575. Any money raised from ticket sales will go towards Peter's fundraising campaign to help fund treatment for his three year old "Little Man", Eric, who has just been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. www.gofundme.com/littlemanfund.
NEW Monday 23 July 2018 - Julie Felix
Julie's back for her fourth performance at The Brook Inn. This folk legend of the 60s and 70s will be entertaining a small, select audience and the evening includes a three course meal. The cost is just £35 per person and numbers are limited so that everyone can enjoy a very special evening in the company of Julie Felix. www.facebook.com/events/1998278277124715.

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Flaxey Green Website - www.flaxey-green.co.uk
This excellent Devon website contains a wealth of folk-related information in addition to an events diary, such as comprehensive listings for folk dance clubs, pub sessions, bands, solo artists, callers, musicians wanted/available, morris sides, a For Sale section (currently including a couple of melodeons, a Peavey KB3 amplifier and other sound equipment.

Tunelink - Evening Workshops in Traditional Music and Dance
Wednesdays 7.00-8.30pm at The Mansion, Totnes TQ9 5RP

UPDATED continuing through spring and into summer:
April 18/25, May 2/9/16/23, June 6/13/20/27, July 4/11
Tunelink is a community project that provides opportunities for engagement with traditional music and dance in the South Hams. It is designed to build connections between local players, dancers and venues through increased involvement in social music-making amongst people of all generations. A series of regular workshop-style sessions led by project founders Griselda Sanderson and Louis Bingham will focus on traditional music and dance, practical learning through playing and participation. We have a commitment to providing quality musical experience, and believe that communities and individuals will benefit from greater artistic expression and activity. For more information see www.facebook.com/TunelinkSW or email tunelinksouthwest@gmail.com.

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Reminder for Gmail users:
As well as probably putting these circulars in the Promotions inbox folder (rather than the Primary folder), Gmail also 'clips' long emails, such as these circulars, and you need to select the 'View entire message' option to do just that.

Rachel's East Devon Gig Guide for December
is available to view and as a PDF download at www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/eastdevon.htm.
That page also includes a monthly summary of music (also various genres) happening at the Bicton Inn in Exmouth, and of course a link to that pub's website for full details.

Pig's Nose Music
I've only just become aware that music of various genres has been taking place again in East Prawle, the interesting venue being the hall attached to the pub. Sorry I missed reporting The Wurzels there last Saturday, but there are still tickets available for:
NEW Saturday 10 February 2018 9pm - Mad Dog Mcrea - Pigs Nose Inn Hall, East Prawle, Kingsbridge TQ7 2BY (map)
Mad Dog blend a unique mixture of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, bluegrass and ‘shake your ass’ music. From self-penned songs of adventure, drinking, love and life, to traditional songs of gypsies, fairies, legless pirates and black flies – Mad Dog never fail to capture their audience with their infectious songs. Early bookers can also book return shuttle bus from Kingsbridge via East/West Charleton or Frogmore. Full details www.pigsnoseinn.co.uk.

Spring at Exeter Corn Exchange, George St, Exeter EX1 1BU (map)
Exeter Corn Exchange puts on a wide range of top-class events including comedy, various music genres, top tribute bands, dance, and much more. See www.exetercornexchange.co.uk for full details. Current Spring 2018 programme includes:
Wednesday 21 February 2018 7.30pm - Fairport Convention
Wednesday 11 April 2018 7.30pm - Feast of Fiddles 25th Annual Tour
Friday 13 April 2018 8pm - The Fureys 40th Anniverary Tour

11-13 May 2018 - Dart Music Festival - Dartmouth
Latest (23/11) line-up announcements for folk and country acts: www.dartmusicfestival.co.uk/news/latest-line-up-announcements-for-folk-and-country-acts.

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Folk music & song on Sunday evenings at Topsham Folk Club
www.topshamfolkclub.org / www.facebook.com/topshamfolkclub
2018 spring concerts at Matthews Hall:
25 February Martin Carthy & Eliza Carthy; 25 March Peter Knight & John Spiers; 29 April Jez Lowe & Steve Tilston; 3 June Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage.
Singers nights at The Globe Hotel Malthouse Sundays from 8pm.
Concert tickets can be bought online at www.topshamfolkclub.org, also on singers’ nights or at concerts. All enquiries 01392 875332.
Sunday 21 January 2018 8pm - Topsham Folk Club Annual Charity Night - Globe Hotel Malthouse.
Topsham Folk Club 40th Anniversary - Come and help us celebrate on the weekend 5/6 May 2018. Details tba.

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'Roots and Shoots' on Exeter's community radio station Phonic FM www.phonic.fm
Listen on 106.8 FM and online on 1st, 3rd, 4th (and 5th) Mondays of the month 6.00pm to 8.00pm. Featuring the best in folk/roots music with a strong emphasis on local music - both live in the studio and recorded. News too of folk/roots events in Exeter and south and east Devon. We welcome contributions from musicians, singers and anyone involved with folk/roots/world music in and around Exeter. Most importantly, listen in, then get in touch to tell us your reactions and suggestions. Contact Roots and Shoots: Telephone 01837 871498 (Martin Henning), email m.henning@hotmail.co.uk.
A message from Adrian Bull
"I co-host the 'Roots and Shoots' radio show. I specialise in playing all things folk(ish) and am particularly keen to promote local artists and events/clubs. If you are a musician and would like me to play some of your music on the show, or even come on as a guest, then I would love to hear from you. I am also keen to have promoters, folk club organisers on the programme."

'Technical' Notes
1) I send copies of my circulars to several different email addresses of my own (Plusnet, Hotmail, Gmail) to help check that as many as possible are reaching their intended recipients. Last week the copy to my Plusnet address unusually finished up in my spam folder. Very occasionally a copy may disappear without trace. I have no idea why - the joys of email! Anyway, if you think you may be missing a copy at any time, you can always find the full open-ended southern Devon Folk Diary listings on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk, along with the most recent circular(s).
2) A chance communication with a recipient of these circulars has revealed that Gmail, as well as probably putting the circulars in the Promotions inbox folder (rather than the Primary folder), also 'clips' long emails, such as these circulars, and you need to select the 'View entire message' option to do just that.
The person in question had failed to see the 'Christmas events' section in Part because of the above clipping.

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The following interesting item appeared in Steve Cunio's Somerset & Dorset Folk Events Diary email today - Have any Harberton Folk recipients experienced this issue yet?
"Do you use Gmail?
I've had a couple of emails from people asking why SaDFolk had started to send them Google Calendar invitations to events they had no interest in. I haven't changed anything here, but following a bit of searching round the Net, I found that Google had made this 'improvement' to their service.
If you have a Gmail account and a Google Calendar account and any email you receive contains something which Google interprets as an event you might want to go to, it automatically adds the invitation to your calendar and sends you an email about it.
To turn this off, you need log into your Google Calendar then click on the gear wheel icon in the top right, select ‘settings’ then look for ‘Events in Gmail’. Under that there should be a ‘Add automatically’ setting. Deselect that and the problem should go away."
Please let me know (by reply to this email) if you as a Harberton Folk recipient have experienced this issue. Thanks. JC

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Does your morris side need any new sticks?
Right, you've done May Day and the season's started, but you forgot how bad some of the sticks in the bag were. I have some well-seasoned, stripped hazel morris sticks available now, coppiced from our own small wood at Harberton over 12 months ago. First come first served. For collection from Harberton, near Totnes. Reply to this email for further information, price etc.

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Folk Music Maps - for Devon and Beyond
Do you want a quick visual guide to folk song and dance clubs elsewhere in Devon? Try the map on www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Folk_song_and_dance_clubs_map.html. Or further afield? Another (global) folk music map is available at www.folkmusicmap.wordpress.com (could do with a little udpating in places).

Folklore & Mythology Resource Guide
I've added the following link www.supersummary.com/folklore-mythology-guide (Folklore and Mythology Resource Guide) to the Links page page on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.

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Featured pub venue: Bay Horse Inn, 8 Cistern Street, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 5SP (map)
Plenty of folk music happens at the Bay Horse:
2nd & 4th Wednesday – Unaccompanied folk singing, preferably not from paper. www.facebook.com/groups/177074592312716; 1st & 3rd Monday - Sessions for musicians and singers; 4th Monday - Irish Session.
Also jazz, open mic, quizzes, and excellent beer etc. Tel. 01803 862088, www.bayhorsetotnes.com, www.facebook.com/groups/23742476306.

Folk in the South Hams
Free concerts take place regularly (2nd Thursday) during the winter at the Crabshell Inn in Kingsbridge.
Various regular folk sessions of different types (general, tunes/songs, mainly trad tunes) take place in Churchstow, Frogmore and Kingsbridge).
After a change of management at the Church House Inn Churchstow, the regular 1st Thursday session there (run by John Connor) resumes on 2 February (from 8pm).
A full diary listing all the above occurrences can be found at www.shamstrad.co.uk.

Also in Topsham, but not the Folk Club
Regular instrumental session (mainly English) at The Bridge Inn, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0QQ (map) on the first Tuesday every month (not August) 8pm- 10.30pm.

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Harberton Folk Circular - Wednesday 8 June 2016

This is an important 'Admin' message - Please read
concerning
Possibly Missing Circulars
(The usual event-full circular will follow in a few days, but new details of a Seth Lakeman gig in Exeter Cathedral on 17 December, already selling very strongly, follow below.)

I've spotted an issue which means some people may not have received the normal circular I sent on Monday this week.

For 2½ years I've been using the commercial email marketing tool MailChimp to send my circulars. For my total number of contacts and total monthly usage, this is free to use. But it does mean that some email systems might regard the Harberton Folk circulars as commercial promotional material. Gmail for example may put them under the 'Promotions' Inbox tab rather than the 'Primary' tab.

To help me keep a check on what is happening I send a copy of each circular to a 'normal' email address of mine (handled by my ISP, Plusnet [ISP = internet service provider]) and I send further copies to a Gmail address and a Hotmail address. Occasionally the copy to my ISP-based email address doesn't arrive. I have no idea why? Perhaps for some unknown reason it is categorized as spam and deleted (without trace). But I also send a copy to my wife's Plusnet-based email address - and that usually gets through when mine doesn't.

Last Monday's circular was different. For the first time in the case of non-delivery to our normal Inboxes, it finished up in both my and my wife's respective Spam folders on Plusnet's server.
Again, I have no idea what element of the circular's content might have caused it to be specifically categorized as spam (it may possibly have something to do with the number and type of links I include, but that is a pure guess), and I fear the same may have happened in the case of other ISPs. I can do nothing about this. I just hope it doesn't happen again.

But if you suspect you may be missing a circular, please always check the website www.harbertonfolk.co.uk where a copy of the most recent circulars can be found, now with a prominent link on the home page.

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Devon Sessions Map on Flaxey Green
A useful map showing many of the regular pub sessions happening in Devon can be found at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Sessions_map.html. This is not necessarily exhaustive and, as I know from my own earlier experience, notoriously difficult to keep up to date so do please take a look and let FG's Trevor know of any changes, additions etc.

Folk Club Map
"This could be a really useful resource but it will rely on a community effort to keep it up to date. Have a look at: www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zV_JF5o4YYCs.k5CBvD6DMEsI and, if your club or session isn't there, why not add it?"
[An interesting item gleaned from Steve Cunio's latest 'Sadfolk' (Somerset & Dorset Folk) email circular - see www.sadfolk.co.uk to sign up. I'll be adding the Folk Club Map link to the Links page on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.]

Interesting history of folk sessions in Totnes (from the 1980s to date)
I'm not sure how long it's been there - I've only just happened on it - but a history of folk sessions in various Totnes pubs, compiled by Mick Bramich (with input from others), can be found at www.flaxey-green.co.uk/Pages/Session_History.html.

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A few notes about these listings - what gets listed, what doesn't... etc.
The listings primarily include 'folk' events, mostly of a concert nature, also folk club guest nights, folk workshops, ceilidhs / barn dances etc.
'Folk' of course means many things to many people so that's partly why I also include limited coverage of some Americana, blues and other acoustic music events, but also partly because there are dedicated people/venues in the area putting on top-class performers in these fields - and they take the trouble to send me information. (The 'other musics' will generally have shorter entries and fewer repeats.)
My preferred length for entries is 50-75 words, 100 words max. This length restriction, combined with a 'selection of events only', means that the overall length of each e-circular does not become excessive (and unduly sleep-inducing!). The full open-ended Diary is always available on www.harbertonfolk.co.uk.
If you're submitting stuff to me for inclusion, why not give a web link to online music samples? Most performers have them these days. And there's then a chance the reader will take a listen, perhaps like what they hear, and maybe even come to a gig they wouldn't have otherwise considered!
I don't include information about regular informal pub folk sessions or folk (social) dance club material - these areas are well covered by www.flaxey-green.co.uk and www.devonfolk.co.uk. - but I will list details of new sessions, for example.
The general distance qualifier has always been 'within 30 miles as the crow flies from Totnes' (covers a surprisingly wide range), although this does get stretched a little sometimes for items of potential wider South-West interest.
The e-circulars are sent to approx. 1400 folk-specific contacts (no telling of course how many fail to arrive for whatever reason, although I do my best to maintain the email list - several repeated rejections from the same address will result in that address being deleted)  The great majority of those contacts are within the above coverage area.
And please don't be offended if I occasionally forget - or even refuse - to include an item.
Keep enjoying the live music! - John Culf

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An 'interesting' email problem
Those of you who read my recent notes about the various problems I experience when sending these e-circulars may be interested/amused to see a (new) rejection message received from a recipient at a local educational establishment. I have highlighted the offending word in bold/red and added spaces so it's not rejected again. This word appeared in the item about Hayseed Dixie:
Microsoft Antigen for Exchange found a message matching a filter. The message is currently Identified.
Message: "hf21_30 080226"
Filter name: "KEYWORD= racial discrimination: h i l l b i l l y"
Sent from: "John Culf"

A Virus Warning - but please do read this, unlike the usual hoaxes that circulate which are simply designed to clog up the email airwaves:
"There is a dangerous virus being passed around electronically, orally, and by hand. This virus is called Weary-Overload-Recreational-Killer (WORK). If you receive WORK from any of your colleagues, your boss, or anyone else via any means DO NOT TOUCH IT. This virus will wipe out your private life completely. If you should come into contact with WORK, put your jacket on and take two good friends to the nearest grocery store. Purchase the antidote known as Work-Isolating-Neutralizer-Extract (WINE) or Bothersome-Employer-Elimination-Rebooter (BEER). Take the antidote repeatedly until WORK has been completely eliminated from your system. You should forward this warning to 5 friends. If you do not have 5 friends, you have already been infected."

'Virus' warnings - Chain emails (e.g. petrol prices) - Please avoid them
With 1400+ email contacts, if there's junk going around I usually see quite a few examples of it. If you receive a chain email, such as those that warn of a terrible virus circulating which will destroy your hard disk, do please take a moment to check before forwarding it to your entire address book. Pick out a couple of salient words and put them into Google, e.g. "olympic torch email", and you'll soon see that they are invariably hoaxes, simply designed to further clog up email servers across the globe. And whilst possibly originally well intentioned, the petrol price emails doing the rounds have essentially been around since 1999 - see http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_gas_boycott_2006.htm and read the analysis/comments.

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Other interesting local music links
Plymouth Classical Music Concert Diary www.plyclassical.co.uk - Comprehensive month-by-month listings of all types of classical music in and around Plymouth, plus some jazz and folk, including Harberton Folk's events.
Plymouth Music Accord www.plymouthmusicaccord.co.uk - Registered Charity promoting the appreciation and performance of music in the Plymouth area. Members include local orchestras, bands, choirs, opera groups, etc. and many promoters and venues, and Plymouth Folk Festival (who have a brand new, smart website).
'Off topic' but we'll mention a couple of other local live music sources for different genres:
Totnes Early Music Society www.totnesearlymusic.org.uk - fairly self-explanatory

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NEW Saturday 1 December 2018 8pm - Belshazzar's Feast: Two Wise Men Tour - Harberton Parish Hall, Tristford Road, Harberton TQ9 7SE nr Totnes (map)
Selling well at this early stage
On tour with their celebrated Christmas show that mixes traditional folk music, seasonal material, stirring in classical, pop and music hall, all topped off with audience participation and lashings of wry humour, Paul Sartin (Bellowhead / Faustus) and Paul Hutchinson (Hoover The Dog) together wow audiences across the UK, USA and Australia with their eclectic and eccentric mix of tunes and between songs chat, always sending audiences home with smiles on their faces. ‘Their music is breathtaking and wickedly inventive and the between-tunes interchange as intelligent and hilarious as the music.’ Mike Harding, previously of BBC Radio 2 Folk Show. www.belshazzarsfeast.com. Tickets available now, see www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/tickets.htm.

NEW Saturday 23 March 2019 8pm - Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham - Harberton Parish Hall, Tristford Road, Harberton TQ9 7SE nr Totnes (map)
59 of 190 tickets sold already!
A rare opportunity in the South-West to catch two of the best traditional musicians you are ever likely to hear.
Tickets available now, see www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/tickets.htm.

NEW Saturday 1 December 2018 8pm - Belshazzar's Feast: Two Wise Men Tour - Harberton Parish Hall, Tristford Road, Harberton TQ9 7SE nr Totnes (map)
On tour with their celebrated Christmas show that mixes traditional folk music, seasonal material, stirring in classical, pop and music hall, all topped off with audience participation and lashings of wry humour, Paul Sartin (Bellowhead / Faustus) and Paul Hutchinson (Hoover The Dog) together wow audiences across the UK, USA and Australia with their eclectic and eccentric mix of tunes and between songs chat, always sending audiences home with smiles on their faces. ‘Their music is breathtaking and wickedly inventive and the between-tunes interchange as intelligent and hilarious as the music.’ Mike Harding, previously of BBC Radio 2 Folk Show. www.belshazzarsfeast.com. Tickets available now, see www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/tickets.htm.

NEW Saturday 23 March 2019 8pm - Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham - Harberton Parish Hall, Tristford Road, Harberton TQ9 7SE nr Totnes (map)
A rare opportunity in the South-West to catch two of the best traditional musicians you are ever likely to hear. Having toured together since 1986 to packed concert halls all over the world, multi-award-winning Aly & Phil continue to charm audiences with their stunning music, and on-stage charisma that defies description. Witty and humorous banter sits alongside tunes that tug the heartstrings, and joyous reels and melodies that have feet tapping along. Aly (MBE and Doctor of Music), a founder member of Boys of the Lough, is rightly regarded as Scotland's supreme fiddler- arguably the finest of all time. Aly launched the popular BBC TV series ‘Transatlantic Sessions’ in which he and Phil appear. Phil (MBE) is a world famous accordion player and composer. In recent years Phil's work-load has included many commissions for TV and film and an increasing amount of work as musical director for television and theatrical events. Tickets available now, see www.harbertonfolk.co.uk/tickets.htm.
We sold out all 320 seats on the 5 occasions Aly & Phil played for us at the Ariel Centre in Totnes between 2006 and 2012. We only have 190 seats in Harberton - and 37 of those are sold already. Book early!

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Folk News for Cornwall
I'm sometimes asked if there is any equivalent of the Harberton Folk e-circulars (which essentially cover southern Devon) for Cornwall. I'm not aware of anything myself, but would be happy to pass on any new information supplied to me.
The quarterly Folk News Kernow covering the county can be viewed/downloaded at
www.dreamersfolk.co.uk/folknews%20kernow.html.
Bodmin Folk Club's website has numerous links, at
www.bodminfolk.co.uk.
More Folks News for (North) Devon
www.shammickacoustic.org.uk - Shammick Acoustic, North Devon folk information
www.flaxey-green.co.uk - Covers much of Devon: folk events, song/dance clubs, sessions, ceilidhs and much more

Folk news slightly further afield:
North Devon/West Somerset music listings
Website listings of regular and special music events for the next couple of months for this area can be found at www.shammickacoustic.org.uk (then click on 'Local Events').
Somerset & Dorset (SADFOLK) folk events - Regular email updates
A regular and comprehensive emailed listing is available through www.sadfolk.co.uk (Somerset and Dorset folk, Steve Cunio) for folk events in venues large and small in those two counties, some of which are not too far away from the Harberton Folk area.
Folk in Cornwall
What it says on the tin - www.folkincornwall.co.uk - clubs, sessions, events...
Acoustic Calendar - Sign up for email updates at www.sanchobramble.weebly.com
Tony Watts' monthly calendar of folk clubs, singarounds, acoustic sessions & open mics in the South West. "The Acoustic Calendar is all about DIY music (NOT concerts, gigs, ceilidhs etc). The purpose of the Calendar is to keep you informed of all the places where you can take your voice and/or instrument and join in or do your own thing."
...and not forgetting www.flaxey-green.co.uk (and www.devonfolk.co.uk) for further detailed Devon listings, including many regular pub sessions,  folk dance clubs and much more.

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